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    Question 45p in the 1 =?

    Alistair Darling will today announce a new top rate of tax for the highest earners.
    Those on more than 150,000 will be charged at 45p in the 1 to help pay for a 20billion giveaway designed to jump-start the economy.
    It will not be brought in until 2010, however, because of a Labour manifesto pledge not to raise the top rate in this Parliament.

    The new band will be revealed in the Chancellor's Pre-Budget Report, which is being seen as the most important financial statement for decades.
    High earners to be hit with 45% tax rate as Brown stakes his leadership on 20bn giveaway | Mail Online

    Hello!

    Q1: 45p in the 1 =?

    Q2: giveaway =?

    Here're 5 definitions about it. I don't know which one fits in the above context.

    Thanks!

    giveaway:
    n.Informal
    1 The act or an instance of giving something away, especially the appropriation of natural resources or public lands for private gain.

    2 Something given away at no charge, especially a premium.

    3Something that accidentally exposes or betrays.

    4 A radio or television program on which prizes are given away to contestants.

    5 Legislation, such as a tax law, that benefits only one segment of the population.
    Last edited by thedaffodils; 24-Nov-2008 at 14:23. Reason: fit->fits

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    Re: 45p in the 1 =?

    Hi, 45p in the = 45%
    This is the best definition for 'giveaway' in the context of the article.
    5 Legislation, such as a tax law, that benefits only one segment of the population.

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    Re: 45p in the 1 =?

    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
    High earners to be hit with 45% tax rate as Brown stakes his leadership on 20bn giveaway | Mail Online

    Hello!

    Q1: 45p in the 1 =? - '45% tax rate'...? I think you can work it out!

    Q2: giveaway =?

    Here're 5 definitions about it. I don't know which one fit in the above context.

    Thanks!
    The first definition of 'giveaway' comes close, but you need to be aware that the Daily Mail is a right-wing paper. They use the expression 'tax giveaway' to mean an irresponsible 'gift' of a reduction in tax that will have to be paid for sooner or later by the recipients of the 'gift'. If David Cameron proposed a reduction in tax the Daily Mail wouldn't call it a tax giveaway; it would be '[costed/responsible/permanent] tax cut' or 'tax relief'.

    b

    PS bhaisahab's right about definition no. 5 (I didn't notice that one - as definition no. 1 was good enough, given the bias of the Mail).
    Last edited by BobK; 24-Nov-2008 at 13:33.

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    Re: 45p in the 1 =?

    Bhaisahab and BobK:

    Thank you very kind for your help.

    BobK:

    It is very interesting to read your comment about the subtle words the Dail Mail framed /would frame.

    What's the political inclination of the BBC, the Telegraph respectively then?

    What are the mainstream left-wing media outlets in the UK? And is there any left-wing tabloid like its vis-a-vis the Dail Mail?

    Are there any neutral UK media outlets?

    Thanks!


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    Re: 45p in the 1 =?

    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
    Bhaisahab and BobK:

    Thank you very kind for your help.

    BobK:

    It is very interesting to read your comment about the subtle words the Dail Mail framed /would frame.

    What's the political inclination of the BBC, the Telegraph respectively then?

    What are the mainstream left-wing media outlets in the UK? And is there any left-wing tabloid like its vis-a-vis the Dail Mail?

    Are there any neutral UK media outlets?

    Thanks!
    The BBC has a neutral stance since it is not supposed to show bias. On the other hand, many journalists and broadcasters are by nature non-conventional and anti-conservatist.

    The Daily Telegraph is fundamentally right-wing, though it often calls on left-wing columnists and journalists to contribute articles.

    The Daily Mirror is the left-wing equivalent of the Daily Mail.

    The Morning Star is a socialist newspaper: History / Home - Morning Star

    This link gives brief information on newspapers and periodicals, indicating their political bias. British Newspapers and UK News

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    Re: 45p in the 1 =?

    Hi Anglika,

    Thank you very much for your help.

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